Yup, me too. The first question I want to know when asked to create some program is whether they really need a technical solution (as if paper isn’t a technology, which can last millenia, just a tech that is so familiar we don’t tend to think of paper as technology).
The next thing is if they really did want a way to send data to a central storage area there are plenty of very easy solutions, very open, and around almost since the start of the web, or just phone it in (works). You don’t need to invent a new wheel each time, and especially not at the last minute,
And THEN the REAL POINT: Elections are supposed to be open to examination by the public. Software doesn’t meet that requirement, even open source, but especially proprietary software. Because this code is hidden and created by firms, mostly (maybe all, for voting machine companies) owned by Republicans, this becomes not just problematic, but in my mind, I have to believe just flat out a legal violation of election laws. Proprietary software should NEVER have been allowed and the same goes for the machines themselves. It makes all those poll workers (supposedly there to prevent cheating) uselessly bypassed and all those poll watchers (also there, to watch out that the other side doesn’t cheat) just useless.